HOUSTON (April 24) — For the second straight year, Shell partnered with Shirley’s Kids in support of a local child in need. Headed by drag racing pioneer Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney, Shirley’s Kids selected 9-year-old Zane Smock of League City, Texas, to join the four-time world champion as a guest of honor at the annual NHRA Spring Nationals in Baytown, Texas.
While at the drag races, the Smock family was presented a check for $5,000 from Shell representative John Chiboroski. Zane suffers from Cerebral Palsy and the donation will be used to offset some of his medical expenses. Cerebral Palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture caused by damage that occurs to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.
“Zane and the Smock family are true champions and we’re so honored to help recognize their courageous spirit,” said Chiboroski, Shell Lubricants influencer marketing manager. “Shell and our brand Pennzoil continue to have a long history supporting our communities through organizations like Shirley’s Kids and motorsports including NHRA drag racing.”
Shirley’s Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity created by Stan and Sheila Holt, owners of locally-based Lupe Tortilla Mexican Restaurants. Because Muldowney has lived her life in drag racing, the organization first seeks out deserving children within the racing community. Recipients may be struggling with medical issues or financial hardships brought on by a personal or family tragedy. With corporate support, Shirley’s Kids pledges 100 percent of all proceeds raised go directly to the designated children.
“The people from Shell have been absolutely wonderful and I’m so pleased and honored they helped our charity again this year,” Muldowney said. “You better believe I’ll be singing their praises all season! They’ve always been a wonderful company that supports motorsports and charities like ours without hesitation.
“Little Zane is my new best friend. He’s such a great kid and having lost his father, he really enjoyed coming out to races with the folks from Boys and Girls Country and meeting all the drivers. The check from Shell and Shirley’s Kids was a total surprise to the family and you could see by their reaction how much it meant to them. This is exactly why we created Shirley’s Kids; to help children like Zane.”
From left to right, Shirley’s Kids founders Stan and Sheila Holt, Deacons of Deadwood president Geoff Seaman, Zane Smock (front), Shirley Muldowney, Olivia Smock and Shell representative John Chiborowski during the check presentation at the NHRA Spring Nationals.
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